It seems likely that football will remain a pawn in an intensifying proxy war.
An economy and society like Saudi Arabia's cannot survive the modern world without giving in to change.
Allowing women to drive could boost the Saudi economy: by bringing more women into the workorce and making men more productive.
Yemen's civil war is a stew of local and foreign interests, from Washington, Saudi Arabia to Iran. And the latest battle may cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians, if not millions.
Russia and Saudi Arabia's new friendship is bad news for Iran.
Without strategic clarity from the US, the Saudis and their allies are under little pressure to thaw their frozen relationship with Qatar.
Flashy interceptor systems attract media and government attention. But bomb shelters and warning systems are at least as important in the midst of missile strikes.
There's a disturbing disconnect between the polite etiquette of arms fairs and the hell that their products create.
Iran is a dangerous mischief-maker in the Middle East – but scrapping the nuclear deal will probably make things worse.
The connection between oil and arms trade is not a conspiracy theory.
The Syrian conflict is a war of many sides. Here's a rundown of the key players.
Sweden has enacted what's known as a feminist foreign policy, and Canada plans on doing the same. One fly in the ointment is both countries' arms sales and how they're at odds with feminism.
Public disaffection in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries betrays deep-seated tensions beneath the surface.
With Iran and India on manoeuvres and the war in Yemen still unfolding, Pakistan's stakes in the Middle East are as high as ever.
Donald Trump doesn't have one foreign policy – he has several, and they all clash.
Canada used to be more careful about selling arms to countries that practised human rights violations. What happened?
Saudi Arabia is the most recent country to grant women the vote. Pakistan has some serious work to do. And Vatican City really needs to get with the programme.
Many Yemeni women are not victims of war or just escaping or hiding. In many and contrasting ways they are actively supporting it, and not only on humanitarian grounds.
From an Australian perspective, shifting power in the Indo-Pacific will be of primary importance in 2018 and beyond.
The debate around photos of two Nigerian Salafi clerics taken in London wasn't a trivial conversation about dress and recreational choices. It was loaded with symbolism.